My look had to be clean, not too perfect, natural and easily touch up-able (that's officially a word on this blog). My partners in crime...
Eyes: I don't suggest anything too shimmery; it can look really harsh under fluorescent lighting. Not to mention it can look semi-trashy if it's a cheap shimmer. I also think this is the time to exercise a one-colour rule -- don't go for a look that requires four different colours, it'll just stress you out. I did a simple wash of colour over the lid, but people with a crease would get the same kind of definition by placing the colour in their socket line. Give your brows a quick brush, and fill them in just enough to look complete and natural. As for eyeliner, I went for brown, even though my hair is so dark. It looks much softer, almost like it's not there, and my mascara was dark enough to make me look like I still had lashes.
|Clockwise, from bottom left: Pupa Baked Eyeshadow in Warm, Urban Decay Buck, Korres Bronze Brown, Clinique High Impact in Black, Prestige Waterproof Automatic Eyeliner in Sepia, MAC Brow Pencil in Lingering|
Face + Cheeks: I wanted to look healthy, happy and young -- as though corporate life hasn't already dragged me down. The way to do that is to skip the ultra-contour and go for a soft pink cheek -- if you must contour, use something deeper and more muted (like Exposed) and use a light hand. For your base, I suggest something light but high coverage. You could use a foundation, or just use tinted moisturizer and conceal like all hell. I did a little of both, and used the Bioderma Pore Refiner to help smooth out my pores.
|Clockwise from top left: Lancome Teint Idole Freshwear in 3N, Bioderma Pore Refiner, Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette, FusionBeauty Haute, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed|
Lips: Since my eyes and cheeks were so soft, I went a little deeper on the lip. I don't like a finish that's too shiny, so I either used a matte lip stain or a lip balm/gloss and blotted down the shine.
Tarte LipSurgence Matte in Envy, Korres Lip Butter in Plum, Korres Liquid Lipstick in Raspberry
Tarte Envy, Korres Plum, Korres Raspberry, FusionBeauty Haute, Tarte Exposed,
Pupa Warm, Urban Decay Buck, Korres Bronze Brown, Prestige Sepia, MAC Lingering
- Keep a hand lotion with you -- it makes for a better handshake experience. Mine also came in handy when I realized how dry my legs were, and for any stray baby hairs.
- If you wear perfume, wear something that you associate with a good experience, but try to keep it within the realm of "appropriate". I wouldn't wear anything overly sweet/powdery/gourmand -- I'd go for something very classic, like a soliflore. I switched between Penhaligon's Elizabethan Rose and Miss Dior Cherie.
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